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      South Downs Lapwings in 2017

      24th Jan 2018
      Caroline French, RSPB Conservation Monitoring Officer, gives an update on the SDFBI Lapwing Project As previously noted on this blog, lapwing populations are declining and sadly this much-loved bird of open landscapes is now red listed. On arable land, research points to poor chick survival as the main driver of decline, with insufficient inverteb...Read More...

      Arun Valley waders - the 2017 results

      24th Nov 2017
      Rising in the Weald, bisecting the South Downs between Bury and Arundel, and then entering the sea at Littlehampton, the Arun Valley is a hotspot for breeding waders in the South East.  Much of the lower part of the valley south of Pulborough is designated as both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA)...Read More...

      Lapwing success in the Arun Valley

      24th Aug 2017
      Now in its third year, the Arun to Adur Farmers Group has several projects underway to improve and enhance the wildlife, cultural and historic value of the project area.  One such project is a breeding wader survey in the Arun Valley that started this spring.  The overall aim is assess how birds such as lapwing and redshank are faring, an...Read More...

      2016 South Downs Lapwing Survey results

      25th Aug 2016
      It’s been a while since our last update on the SDFBI Lapwing Project, and the breeding season has now ended for another year.  This year’s fieldwork has provided lots of useful data, although unfortunately results were not great. Wet, windy and cold weather through large parts of April and May weren’t conducive to good lapwi...Read More...

      The nests are down - SDFBI Lapwing Project update

      5th May 2016
      It’s been a strange spring, which up until this week has felt more like winter!  Clear skies and frosts through much of April haven’t been ideal nesting conditions, particularly for ground nesters like lapwing.  However, the weather forecast is for warming conditions over the next few days, so fingers crossed spring is now in ...Read More...

      SDFBI Lapwing Project update

      3rd Mar 2016
      March is now upon us, and it won’t be long before lapwings will be performing their tumbling display flight over the Downs.  In the lead up to the breeding season, we have been busy working with farmers to prepare HLS fallow plots to provide not only suitable nesting habitat, but also areas in which they will be able to feed and find cov...Read More...

      SDFBI Lapwing Project

      13th Jan 2016
      Although the temperature drop over the last few days reminds us that we’re still in the grips of winter, it won’t be too long until farmland birds begin to turn their attentions to breeding.  One such species is the lapwing, whose tumbling display flight is a true sign that spring is springing! Over the last 20 years or so, we hav...Read More...

      Turtle dove and lapwing see red

      3rd Nov 2015
      The IUCN, or International Union for the Conservation of Nature, has been assessing the conservation status of species on a global scale for the last 50 years.  Through the IUCN Red List, this has highlighted taxa threatened by extinction and promoted their conservation. In a press release issued last Thursday (29th October), it was revealed ...Read More...

      Can you give lapwings a helping hand?

      5th Mar 2015
      Lapwing are often thought of as a bird of wet grasslands, but on the South Downs, a large part of the population breed on the drier chalk soils.  For this they prefer to use bare or sparsely vegetation soil, where they make a tiny scrape to lay their eggs.  As we are now in March, and the weather seems to be warming, it won’t be lon...Read More...